Steve Bruce refuses to point finger at players in Newcastle United hammering – the story of the day from the Etihad
The fixtures keep on coming thick and fast for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United – who head to Manchester City this evening.
While the pair met last month in the FA Cup, Bruce will be hoping his side can spring a shock and deliver a far more positive result this time around.
And we’ll be bringing you all the build-up, action, analysis and reaction from the Etihad Stadium throughout the evening. Simply scroll down for the latest from our team of writers:
Manchester City v Newcastle United LIVE: Early team news ahead of Etihad Stadium clash
Manchester City 5 (Jesus 10, Mahrez 21, Fernandez OG 60, Silva 65, Sterling 90) Newcastle United 0
- NUFC XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Krafth (Atsu 84), Fernandez, Schar, Rose; Shelvey (M. Longstaff 65), Bentaleb; Lazaro (Manquillo 65), Ritchie (Muto 84); Joelinton (Gayle 65).
- MCFC XI: Ederson; Cancelo (Walker 46), Stones, Otamendi, Zinchecko; Rodri (Gundogan 46), De Bruyne, Silva; Mahrez (Doyle 74), Foden (Bernardo 63), Jesus (Sterling 63).
Newcastle team: Dubravka, Yedlin, Krafth, Fernandez, Rose, Schar, Shelvey, Bentaleb, Lazaro, Ritchie, Joelinton
BENCH: Darlow, Gayle, Muto, Manquillo, Almiron, Atsu, M Longstaff, Allan, Young.
“Nice to see Lazaro starting, chance to really impress at the Etihad. We’ll see if we have a plan B without ASM, but lately we’ve not looked like we’ve had one. Chance for Schär to redeem himself after his previous performance.”
“Looks like a change in formation tonight with Emil Krafth playing as one of three centre-halves.”
“Back five and half the outfield have played full back this season. Has Steve Bruce just put the names in a hat?”
Home win - 1/12
Draw - 9/1
Away win 22/1 (?!?!)
Fancy a punt? Newcastle United are a whopping 22/1 with Paddy Power this evening. Canny bit pocket money that!
“When you come here you know you'll be in for a tough game and we would love to be full strength. It's caught up with us a little bit, this one, in terms of injuries and who we leave behind. You've got to stand up and have a crack and let's hope we do that. We couldn't be more pleased with the restart really. Let's hope we're still unbeaten after this one!”